Assad is scheduled to speak out in a few hours, we should expect nothing substantive. He will be mainly addressing his crowd, trying to reconnect in an attempt to buy few more weeks/months in power.
Monday 9, 2012
Today’s death toll: 22, including 2 women, a child, 3 defectors and 9 who died under torture.
At the conclusion of its meeting in Istanbul, SNC General Secretariat extended the current term of its leader, Burhan Ghalioun, by one month. The official 3-month term ended in December, and was expected to be renewed. But Mr. Ghalioun’s came under much criticism all through his term both within the ranks of the SNC and the larger circles of the opposition. The extension is meant to buy time until a new electoral method is agreed. Meanwhile, the SNC criticized the recent report by the Arab League on the situation in Syria, and called for referring the matter to the UNSC. Discussions on transitional planning seems to have faltered as well, or so EuroNews Reports http://youtu.be/EvhvQtPP5aQ
"The structure which has now emerged, is heading to a religious, sectarian and a racist civil war. This has to be prevented," Mr. Erdogan said. "Turkey has to make its priority to take a role here. Because a civil war, which can emerge here, would also put us in distress. It also poses a threat for us." "I believe that the Syrian administration has by now killed close 7,000 of its citizens," he added.
The Arab League's monitoring mission in Syria has been a miserable failure, and no international white knight is waiting in the wings. Syrians are on their own.